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Wow! Does writing help you deal with struggles in your life? Do you use it to work your way through things, process feelings, or share your story? Do you keep a journal? Are you a list maker?

I’ve written much about my journey through trauma, both physically and emotionally. I blog, write freelance, have a HuffingtonPost Column, and am also getting ready for my book to be out – My Beautiful Detour. But what helped me the most throughout this whole process is the ten years where I didn’t share anything I wrote. I just journaled to myself. Storytelling, since the beginning of time, has driven change, created movements, and empowered those who never knew they had a story to tell. Stories transform our personal experience, enrich our community and teach others the lessons we have learned for ourselves – they’re reliable patterns we can lean on in a world with no map. After surviving a decade of trauma, I discovered this storytelling “survival strategy” as a lifeline, roadmap and anchor to myself. Creating stories become my lifeline, teaching me to turn this “detour” into the richest time of my life, through my art, theatre, writings and everyday celebration of ordinary miracles. To cope with years unable to eat or drink, I locked myself in my room and journaling thousands of pages, using Joseph Campbell’s archetypal hero’s journal to create a structure for my life that had lost all structure entirely. Not only did stories help my own personal transformation, they helped me reintegrate into society once I myself had transformed.

So I was so excited when I got the chance to review
the course, 31 Days of Expressive Writing for Chronic Illness and Pain. Esther of Life in Slow Motion has created an amazing opportunity for anyone experiencing chronic illness and pain to start processing these thoughts! I can’t recommend this enough – I wish I had known about this years ago!

Here is the link to learn all about it:

In this course, you use expressive writing to deal with chronic illness and pain. The videos are great, and I love how to course introduces and leads you into the concept. Every step in the process leads you through a series of wonderfully stimulating prompts, so no worries, you’re not starting from scratch here!!! You will be extremely inspired module by module.

The best part about this course? You can set it at your own pace- there’s no agreement that this will automatically self destruct after 31 days! So take your time and enjoy! After this course, you’ll find increased awareness, understanding, insights, and you’ll just feel a whole lot better about yourself!

The best part is I definitely noticed my chronic pain decreasing. You explore things like Grief and Emotions, Relationships, and Goals.
It will give you so much to think about. Consider it a way to start journaling! And a way to get to know the YOU that’s underneath the chronic pain.

Trauma affected me in ways I could sense but not yet verbalize. Initially, I could only sense that my life was now separated by “pre-coma” and “post-coma.” I grappled with these opposing halves of my psyche, until I discovered music, dance, art, light and sound as means to convey how ten years of sexual and medical trauma had affected me.
But first, I had to find words. These prompts show the way so clearly! Overall, I got so much out of this course. I know you will too.

Be sure to visit Esther at Life in Slow Motion and on Facebook, and to check out her courses.

I received a copy of 31 Days of Expressive Writing for Chronic Illness and Pain in exchange for my review. My opinion is 100% my own and  truthful.

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